Protus Wins Patent Lawsuit brought by j2 Global Communications Affiliate

    Case involving five Catch Curve patents dismissed

    OTTAWA, December 12 /CNW/ - Fast growing Canadian technology company
Protus IP Solutions was victorious in a patent suit pending for the past two
years in the Central District of California. U.S. District Court Judge Dean
Pregerson issued an order on November 13, 2007 dismissing the case against
Protus, with prejudice (meaning the patents cannot be reasserted against

    The plaintiff (Catch Curve, Inc.), a patent holding company affiliated
with Protus' competitor j2 Global Communications -- had accused Protus'
popular Internet fax services (MyFax and Virtual Fax) of infringing five Catch
Curve patents.

    "At the Markman hearing in May the court held that the patents do not
apply to Protus' MyFax and Virtual Fax services," said Andrea Girones, General
Counsel at Protus. "We are pleased that the case was dismissed. This is a
clear victory for Protus and MyFax."

    The case was closely followed by technology and communications companies
because Catch Curve had, prior to targeting Protus, licensed the patents to
more than 30 companies. Protus was the first company to challenge these
patents in the courts and was rewarded by a decisive victory.

    "We are confident in our technology and intellectual property," said
Joseph Nour, Protus' Chief Executive Officer. "We have developed a significant
portfolio of 'prior art' which challenges the validity of many of the patents
in this space. Our customers can confidently rely on MyFax for all of their
faxing needs."

    Often, rather than incurring the high costs of defending U.S. patent
cases in court, companies will opt to pay a settlement amount short of trial,
even when the merits appear to be strongly in their favor. But Protus, in
consultation with its U.S. patent counsel at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
LLP, decided to defend against plaintiff's allegations in court and was
rewarded with a clear win.

    About Protus IP Solutions

    Protus(TM) IP Solutions - a high-growth application service provider -
offers value-added Internet fax communication and voice messaging services to
businesses around the world. Since Protus was established more than 10 years
ago, customers within the finance, insurance, real estate, pharmaceutical and
retail industries have trusted their outsourced communication needs to our
reliable service. Online Internet fax services targeting Personal, Small
Business and Corporate users are sold under the brand name MyFax. Protus
solutions are sold both directly and through a network of worldwide partners,
including major service providers. Additional information is available at or

For further information:

For further information: Protus IP Solutions Inc. Sue Rutherford,
613-733-0000 x 519 or Tech Image Tracy Shryer,
847-279-0022 x230

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